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AN ADDRESS TO NIGHT

1 Hail solemn Night, ye glitt'ring lamps of Heav'n,
2 Fair orb of light, with mild benignant rays,
3 To my torn breast a woman's heart is given,
4 Or in soft numbers I'd attempt thy praise.
5 Then let me tell ye, silent spirits round,
6 Ye unseen beings, pure as breathing spring,
7 Who in my bosom plac'd this deadly wound,
8 No viper's poison here, no serpent's sting.
9 Fair was the form, as mortal form can be,
10 Alas! I languish for no common swain;
11 Graceful the youth who gave this wound to me,
12 And yet I'm tortur'd, with uncommon pain.
13 O thou Great Power! from whom I drew my breath,
14 May I presume to beg an early grave;
15 To ask the awful previlege of death,
16 Forgive me, Heav'n! no other boon I crave.

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Title (in Source Edition): AN ADDRESS TO NIGHT
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Genres: heroic quatrain; address

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Carmichael, Miss (Rebekah) (fl. 1790-1806). Poems. Edinburgh: Peter Hill, 1790, p. 85. 92p. (ESTC T104666) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)

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